Talent Director Salary
Six-figure salaries are the norm for Talent Directors in the United States, with median pay hovering around $101K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Female Talent Directors far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Talent Directors. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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|Salary||$62,566 - $153,630|
|Bonus||$2,424 - $30,913|
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|$59,598 - $166,378|
Job Description for Talent Director
Talent directors serve an upper-management position within HR (human resources) to create a work environment aligned with their organization's goals, as well as recruit and retain highly effective employees and manage other members of the recruiting department. They work primarily in an office, but may travel to different offices or sites depending on the company's needs.Read More...
Hours for this position can vary, though talent directors usually work during regular business hours, and some travel may be necessary. They are employed in a variety of industries, from manufacturing to medicine, and generally work with other upper-management employees on a daily basis and communicate regularly with subordinates in the human resources department about the organization's needs and how they are being met. Talent directors are also heavily involved in discussions with internal and external recruiters.
Talent directors must also be able to anticipate future personnel needs for their organization and work to attract appropriate candidates for those needs. They work closely with management, including departmental managers and C-level executives, to determine these future needs and how best to acquire personnel to address them.
Aspiring talent directors should have extensive experience in human resources, sometimes as many as 10 to 15 years depending on the employer, and a bachelor’s degree in business, human resources, or a related field may also be required. However, sufficient work experience in human resources or corporate recruiting may also be sufficient.
Talent Director Tasks
- Interview, audition and hire performers to fill various roles.
- Match specific talent types to appropriate roles for motion picture, radio, theatre and other entertainment.
- Liaise between actors, directors and agents to negotiate contracts, set appointments and hold auditions.
- Lead talent management strategy to ensure talent is developed to and reaches its full potential.
Pay by Experience Level for Talent Director
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Talent Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $67K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $91K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $127K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $149K.
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